I have to say, one of my favorite moments last year happened during a walk back to my La Maillerie cottage on a path I had never taken. I suddenly came upon this massive white horse (think "Blade Runner".) After feeding it grass for about 30 minutes I continued on my walk. I then entered this near-tunnel of green foliage (hello "Harry Potter") and then suddenly BOOM the path ended at the rushing brook that sits right next to my cottage at La Maillerie. It was a totally surreal moment that made me understand more completely the true beauty of the French countryside.